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When you are putting a goal into words, remember the power of positive language. Research has proven time and again that positive language can significantly improve your mood, behavior and wellbeing. The use of positive language stimulates more activity in the frontal lobe area of our brain, which connects to the motor cortex – the part of our brain that gets us moving and taking action. When we use more positive language, there are measurable shifts in the parts of our brain responsible for creating more positive perceptions overall.

In the acclaimed book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, she writes about the Law of Attraction. This is the idea that the thoughts you think, the words you speak and the way you feel will attract things to you of the same kind. In other words, you get what you focus on. If you think about what you dont want to happen, thats what will happen 

Thoughts are magnetic, and thoughts have a frequency. As you think thoughts, they are sent out into the Universe, and they magnetically attract all like things that are on the same frequency. Everything sent out returns to the source – you.”  

Rhonda Byrne, The Secret 

This article in Forbes goes deeper into the power of positive speech and how choosing the right words will define your reality: https://www.forbes.com/sites/peterhimmelman/2018/10/21/the-power-of-positive-speech-how-choosing-the-right-words-defines-your-reality/ 

 Here are some examples of negatively worded goals, that have been converted into positive language: 

  • I wont over-eat at dinner > I will make healthy food choices at dinner 
  • I wont spend all my money each month > I will save a portion of my income every month 
  • I wont get knocked out of the tournament > I will get through to the final rounds of the tournament 
  • I wont nag my wife > I will speak patiently and respectfully to my wife 4

To help you get started, here is an epic list of positive words that you can use to set super positive goals for yourself: https://thegoalchaser.com/positive-words/